Leicester University is a great place to spend your university years, and has a lot to offer any prospective student. Whilst nothing can replace the experience itself, here are 5 good reasons why Leicester University could be for you:
The campus of Leicester University is spread over a compact area that’s only a good 10 minutes walk from the city. It’s also situated in a very green pocket, so you really are getting the best of both worlds. The proximity to the main city also means that the University never possesses the ‘isolated’ feeling that’s common to some campus setups. Additionally, Leicester University benefits from some first rate facilities (more details can be found on their website), and has a demonstrably friendly atmosphere which is deservedly famous.
Leicester actually ranks 10th in the UK in terms of city size alone, and this is a fact that takes many people by surprise. Despite this, Leicester has also retained a substantial sense of history through the preservation of many of its Ancient Roman elements, and this presence certainly creates an attractive backdrop. Leicester was actually shortlisted as a contender for the 2013 UK City of Culture award, and its distinct blend of modernity and homely atmosphere makes it an ideal student city for anyone who doesn’t want to be part of the very biggest urban centres.
Although Leicester can’t compete with the really prominent centres of student nightlife, it would certainly be wrong to say that is it ill-equipped. Far from it in fact, as every day of the week barring Sunday has something happening. The Republic club is especially popular with Fresher’s, and other venues like Liquid are always favourites too. The Student Union also hosts both sports and societies, and on Friday night a comprehensive selection of chart music is played there at ‘Shabang’. The weekend brings other possibilities which are just as attractive; despite not being run by the Student Union.
Even though students have a multitude of competing pastimes to balance, everyone always needs some accessible shops to keep them going. Leicester is fantastic in this respect, as the main shopping centres are so close to the campus area. The Highcross Shopping Centre is a particularly noteworthy destination for shopaholics, although if you’re inclined you’re also within easy reach of nearby Birmingham too. With a student railcard, this journey will take under an hour and cost less than £10, and this sort of accessibility really opens up unparalleled shopping options.
If you’re looking for alternative, more traditional entertainment, Leicester undoubtedly excels. Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival is a highlight of the annual calendar, whilst the nearby theatres regularly stage some of the biggest productions you could wish for. There are also great student deals available at some of the cinemas, and a whole range of gigs are run by both the Student Union and independent contributors alike. Restaurants also aren’t thin on the ground either, and when you take into account further one-off attractions, like the city marathon and Diwali, you have somewhere that will never grow tiresome.
Leicester is a popular choice with many students; and with good reason. Here at CityBlock, we offer two purpose built blocks of dedicated student accommodation in Leicester, so if you’re currently thinking of tracking down some quality Leicester student accommodation then look no further. We also cover all utility bills, allowing you to enjoy your Leicester experience without fear of hidden costs. Call us now on +44 (0) 1162 517270 to find out more.